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Budget Travel Economics 101: Monopolies Are Bad News

I did a post a while back on how I’m living a significantly cheaper life in Mexico than I did in a relatively inexpensive city in the U.S.  But some things cost more—a lot more. You will notice this phenomenon in

Sorry, But Conservation Costs Money

Maybe it’s not fair, but some some places have to be budget-busters for shoestring travelers. A new article of mine is up on Transitions Abroad – Man vs. Man: Saving the Galapagos. It’s about all the behind-the-scenes efforts that a lot

Asia Trends for the Budget Traveler

I’ll admit I haven’t been covering Asia travel as much the past couple months since living in Latin America has made me pay more attention to what’s outside my door. So in an attempt to make up for it, here are
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Quit Your Job, See the World

It’s Labor Day in America, a time to celebrate the working man by…not working for a day. Unless you work in retail or fast food, in which case it’s like any other day. But what if you’d like to make every

Lessons Learned After a Trip Around the World

Here’s a good post from last month on 8 Mistakes to learn from my round-the-world trip, by a writer at BootsnAll. Some I agree with more than others. More on that in a minute. But there are a few things in